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Adjunct Research Professor
Institute of Cognitive Science
Research Program: Collective Action in Complex Cognitive Systems
Complex cognitive systems—systems that are composed of multiple interacting cognitive individuals—exhibit collective action that is a product or outcome of the interaction of the individuals within the system. My research program seeks to increase our understanding of how it is that particular sets or patterns of individual interactions result in particular collective actions. Research projects are connected to the larger research program through their contributions to answering the fundamental research questions described below.
Within its broad scope, the program is given focus by its perspective on individuals as information processors, which are embedded within a larger cognitive system. In this respect the program takes a firmly cognitive science approach. At the same time, in terms of its subject, this research area overlaps with research carried out in a number of other disciplines, including: population biology, ecology, ethology, human organization studies (anthropology), organizational theory studies (business), information science, organizational psychology, systems science and complexity theory.
Research questions and areas:
Some fundamental research questions:
Relevant research areas:
Aggregate Motion Research:The focus of this research is on understanding how aggregate movement patterns emerge from individual behaviours. Possible research areas include:
Goal Directed Action Research:The focus of this research is on understanding how coordinated behaviour within a cognitive system made up of individuals who self-identify as components of the system leads to particular collective actions by the system. Possible research areas include:
Emergent Behavioural Patterns Research:The focus of this research is on understanding how individual behaviour that is not obviously goal directed at the system level nonetheless results in large-scale emergent patterns or actions at the level of the cognitive system. Possible research areas include:
MethodologiesCurrent methodologies for investigating collective action in complex cognitive systems include: